Beef farmer wins top prize at Independent awards night
An organic beef farmer from Laois has been crowned Ireland's best, during a glitzy awards ceremony.
Tom Dunne was named the Zurich Farm Insurance Farming Independent Farmer of the Year after he beat off stiff competition from every county.
Along with seven other category winners, Mr Dunne (52) walked away with a cheque for €2,500 for his superb beefing operation that produces year-round supplies of organic beef for Cahir-based Good Herdsman. In addition, the Grand Prix winner will receive insurance to the value of €4,000 with Zurich General Insurance.
Organic producers featured prominently among the finalists, with Monaghan's Mark Duffy winning the alternative category with his organic egg and cattle enterprise.
Farming Independent editor Louise Hogan said the quality of the contestants continued to "exceed all expectations".
Zurich's Michael Doyle said: "Agriculture continues at the forefront of the economy and there is great positivity around the industry".